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BEREC Net Neutrality Guidelines: good news for security

BEREC, the board of European Telecoms Regulators, has just published its updated guidance on enforcing the Network Neutrality Regulation. Jisc has been working with the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) for nearly five years to ensure that this legislation and guidance didn’t discourage legitimate practices to secure the operation of networks: this […]

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BEREC clarifies that permanent network security measures may be OK

Four years ago, Jisc responded to the Board of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) consultation on network neutrality to point out that some security measures cannot just be temporary responses by the victims of attacks, but need to be permanently configured in all networks to prevent them being used for distributed denial of service […]

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Net Neutrality: BCP-38 Seems OK

The Board of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) have now released the final version of their net neutrality guidelines, following a public consultation that received nearly half a million responses. These seem to have resulted in clarifications of the draft version, rather than any significant change of policy. Jisc’s response raised a concern that […]

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Network Neutrality and Network Security

A new EU law, created earlier this year, requires public network providers to ensure “network neutrality” – roughly, that every packet be treated alike unless there are legitimate reasons not to. The Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) has now published draft guidelines on how this will be implemented, in particular the circumstances […]

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Network Neutrality and Network Security

There’s a tension between network neutrality – essentially the principle that a network should be a dumb pipe that treats every packet alike – and network security, which may require some packets to be dropped to protect either the network or its users. Some current attacks simply can’t be dealt with by devices at the […]

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Detecting DNS configuration errors

The Domain Name Service (DNS) which translates names to IP addresses (among many other things) is critical for humans using the Internet. Research by Slavko Gajin and Petar Bojovic presented at the TERENA Networking Conference indicates that mis-configurations are more common than we might hope. Getting DNS right often requires different organisations to have matching […]

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All-Party Internet Group enquiry into the Computer Misuse Act 1990

This is JANET(UK)’s response to the All Party Internet Group’s enquiry into the Computer Misuse Act 1990. JANET(UK) is the not-for-profit company that runs JANET, the UK’s education and research network, connecting universities, colleges and research establishments in the UK to each other and to the public Internet. JANET also provides inter-connection between schools networks […]